Alan, did someone send you an advanced copy of the flagship we recorded last night?Alan4L wrote:Watched a bunch of stuff last night and all was fine but the combination of flat crowds and (for the most part) uncreative work made it so nothing really resonated with me in a big way like most other wrestling I watch.
- Styles vs Owens was alright but there’s very little spark in their matches for me. Hoping the PPV will see them hit a new gear.
- Cena vs Shinsuke had big match feel but then became a pretty average SD main event in short order. Good match but felt like it was going to be more when they came to the ring.
- Gable vs Rusev was probably my favourite thing I watched. Really enjoyed that. Would love for them to have some serious 20 minute epic feeling clashes. I think their styles complement each other and they could absolutely pull it off.
- Tommy vs Fish from NXT. Well wrestled, intense match. SHOCKINGLY AWFUL CROWD. Full Sail is the new Differ Ariake. An absolute graveyard. I want to watch Tommy vs Kyle but I feel I may as well watch it on mute and stick a podcast on while I do.
So yeah, a serious lack of spark for me in the stuff they’re putting out. Dunno how they’re gonna turn around these crowd reactions outside of your key market hardcore cities. Feels like damage has been done that they may not be able to undo for a long long time.
We echo a lot of what was said here particularly points #2 and #4. The NXT crowds are AWFUL, crowd-destroyingly quiet. The Gargano/Mendoza match may as well have happened in a funeral home. We have a few theories we talk about on the show but the one I'll bring up here because I'm interested in everyone's thoughts is the lack of importance that crowd feels to NXT as a whole.
When NXT "arrived" on the scene, Full Sail was it. Full Sail was the lifeblood of that brand. They'd invest in the character, watch the rise and see the climax at TakeOver. Now they see the rise (this has been mitigated to an extent too as they've gone more to the hire an already established guy route) but don't get the climax and maybe as a whole, they don't feel as invested in the product because the product doesn't invest in them anymore. I liken it to the ECW Arena after 1999. For so many years the ECW Arena was ECW. As the arena went so did the company and vice versa. After 1999 they kind of lost that and it never really recovered. Could the same be happening in Full Sail?